Itamar Borochov
Photo by Dana Meirson

Itamar Borochov


Described by the Jerusalem Post as “A rising star in today’s jazz music world,” Itamar Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochov’s search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan- African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter – composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

Borochov fell in love with jazz in his teens, and dedicated himself to its study, eventually moving to New York in 2006, to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. There he studied with Junior Mance, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Cecil Bridgewater, and Jo Chambers, and quickly gained international recognition as a young innovator on today’s jazz scene. Since then, Borochov has had the privilege to both perform and record with legendary artists such as Curtis Fuller, Candido Camero, Arnie Lawrence, Bobby Sanabria, Aaron Goldberg, Greg Tardy, and Omer Avital.

Borochov’s intensive research and study Arab and Pan-African musical traditions resulted in collaborations with the great Jewish-Moroccan liturgist Rabbi Haim Louk, the world music phenomenon Debka Fantasia, and Israeli rock singer Dudu Tassa. In 2009, his good friends and collaborators, Ravid Kahalani and Omer Avital, invited Borochov to become a core member of the world music sensation Yemen Blues and to help build its unique sound. Borochov arranged “Shabechi Yerushalayim” of Maqam Yerushalem featuring Abate Brihun for the New Jerusalem Orchestra.

Borochov has performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the globe, such as Lincoln Center (NY), The Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), Summer Stage at Central Park (NY), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Ethnoport Festival (Poland), and more. He has performed at music showcases such as Babel Med (France), Womex (Denmark), and International Exposure (Israel). Nowadays, Borochov is quickly gaining international recognition as a young jazz innovator. His music reflects on his rich global-landscape through the jazz tradition.